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7 Things I’ve Learned So Far

Published authors share their best tips and advice on how to get published, how to find a literary agent, and how to be sell more books.

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Sheldon Russell

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Sheldon Russell.

Sheldon Russell is the author of The Insane Train (Nov. 2010, St. Martin’s), a suspense/mystery named a Top 100 Best Book of 2010 by Publishers Weekly. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Annette Lyon

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Annette Lyon.

Annette Lyon has published seven novels (including four historicals), won Utah’s 2007 Best of State medal for fiction, and has sold nearly 100 articles. Her October 2010 release, Chocolate Never Faileth, was a tasty departure from fiction. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Amanda Flower

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Amanda Flower.

Amanda Flower is an academic librarian for a small college near Cleveland. Maid of Murder is her debut novel and the first in a series. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Mara Purnhagen

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Mara Purnhagen.

Mara Purnhagen cannot live without a tall caramel latte, her iPod or a stack of books on her nightstand. Her YA novel, Past Midnight, was released in Sept. 2010. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Matt Myklusch

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Matt Myklusch.

Matt Myklusch spends his days working for mtvU, MTV’s 24-hour college network. A lifelong love of comic books spurred him to spend his nights and weekends writing Jack Blank and the Imagine Nation. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jacqueline West

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Jacqueline West.

Jacqueline West is the author of the NYT bestselling The Books of Elsewhere, a middle-grade fantasy series that debuted from Dial/Penguin in June 2010 with Volume One: The Shadows. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Colin Falconer

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Colin Falconer.

Colin Falconer is the author of more than 20 books (many historical fiction), and his work has been translated into 17 languages. A recent novel, When We Were Gods: A Novel of Cleopatra, was called “smoothly written” by Publishers Weekly and “enthralling” by Booklist. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Thomas W. Young

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Thomas W. Young.

Thomas W. Young‘s Afghanistan war novel, The Mullah’s Storm (Putnam, Sept. 2010), received a starred review from Kirkus Reviews. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Audrey Vernick

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Audrey Vernick.

Audrey Vernick is the author of Is Your Buffalo Ready for Kindergarten?, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly, and its 2011 sequel, Teach Your Buffalo to Play Drums. She is a two-time winner of the New Jersey Arts Council’s fiction fellowship. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Victoria Ceretto-Slotto

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Victoria Ceretto-Slotto.

Victoria Ceretto-Slotto is a Nevada-based writer whose first novel is currently being shopped by her agent. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Hollis Gillespie

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Hollis Gillespie.

Hollis Gillespie is an award-winning humor and travel columnist, with her column appearing every month on Atlanta magazine’s coveted back page. She is also a best-selling memoirist. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Kim Wright

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Kim Wright.

Kim Wright’s novel Love in Mid Air (March 2010) received a starred review from Publishers Weekly. Kim has been writing about travel, food, and wine for more than 25 years and is a two-time recipient of the Lowell Thomas Award for Travel Writing. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Olivia Sharpnack (better known as Lydia Sharp)

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Lydia Sharp.

Lydia Sharp is an author of science fiction, fantasy, women’s fiction, and young adult romance. Her short story, “The Keeper of Secrets,” is featured in the anthology Shadows & Light: Tales of Lost Kingdoms (Pill Hill Press, 2009). Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far (a satire), by Patricia Volonakis Davis

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Patricia Volonakis Davis.

1. First and foremost, bestselling authors never need editors. The very idea is insulting. Think about it—how can an editor help you make your work better? You should be able to tell whether it has any flaws in it. Do you think Dan Brown needs to listen to an editor’s advice? Certainly not. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Macie Smith

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Macie Smith.

Macie Smith is a contributing writer for seveneightfive magazine. She also writes young adult fiction, poetry, and dabbles in short stories. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jan Underwood

This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Jan Underwood.

Jan Underwood teaches and writes in Portland, Ore. Her novel, Day Shift Werewolf, winner of the 2005 International Three Day Novel Contest, was published by 3DayBooks in 2006. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Marybeth Whalen

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Marybeth Whalen.

Marybeth Whalen‘s first novel, The Mailbox, came out in June 2010. She and her husband co-authored Learning To Live Financially Free. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Alan Orloff

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Alan Orloff.

Alan Orloff‘s debut mystery, Diamonds for the Dead, was published in April 2010 by Midnight Ink. He also has a new mystery series coming in 2011. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Holly Schindler

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Holly Schindler.

Holly Schindler‘s debut YA novel, A Blue So Dark, received a starred review from Booklist and was released in May 2010 (Flux). Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Lara Ehrlich

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Lara Ehrlich.

Lara Ehrlich is currently finishing revisions to her first novel, The Hero. When she’s not writing, she works as the publications coordinator at Goodman Theatre in Chicago. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Jane Makuch

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Jane Makuch.

Jane Makuch writes young adult, middle grade and women’s fiction. She blogs about all of it, and is also active on Twitter. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Tim Stretton

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Tim Stretton.

Tim Stretton‘s fantasy, The Dog of the North, was published by TOR, prior to which he self-published two novels. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far: Kate Rockland

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Kate Rockland.

Kate Rockland is the author of Falling is Like This, her debut novel. She is a frequent contributor to the New York Times Style section. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Christine Fonseca

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Christine Fonseca.

School psychologist by day and lover of books by night, Christine Fonseca started writing as a way to blend the two. Read more

7 Things I’ve Learned So Far, by Traci Borum

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This is a recurring column I’m calling “7 Things I’ve Learned So Far,” where writers at any stage of their career can talk about seven things they’ve learned along their writing journey that they wish they knew at the beginning. This installment is from writer Traci Borum.

Traci Borum teaches Creative Writing at the college level. She’s written for Today’s Christian Woman magazine, as well as the New Texas Journal. Read more

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